Rugby League: Scotland climb to fourth in world rankings

Scotland, New Zealand
Scotland became the first fourth-ranked team to claim a point in the Four Nations when they drew 18-18 with New Zealand

Scotland have risen five places to an all-time high of fourth in the rugby league world rankings.

The Scots held New Zealand to an 18-18 draw in the recent Four Nations, becoming the first side from outside the top three to avoid defeat by the Kiwis, Australia or England since 1990.

Australia usurp New Zealand as world number one after hammering their rivals 34-8 in the Four Nations final.

England stay third, with Ireland eighth and Wales ninth.

USA and Canada, who have been jointly awarded the 2025 World Cup, appear in the top 12 nations for the first time at 10th and 12th respectively.